Antique engraved prints of Australian birds and animals from The Naturalist’s Miscellany, a monthly periodical published in London between 1789 and 1813. It focused particularly on newly-discovered species, notably from Australia and the South Pacific. George Shaw (1751-1813) wrote the text (in English and Latin). He was a medical doctor, a Fellow of the Royal Society, co-founder of the Linnean Society and a zoologist at the British Museum. Frederick Polydore Nodder (1770-1800) and later his son Richard Polydore Nodder (1793-1820), engraved the plates. Both received royal patronage for their skill as natural history artists.
The plates are copper engravings and exceptionally fine, printed on J Whatman paper with delicate and bright original hand colour using a combination of watercolour and layered gouache. They are quite scarce and much sought after as very early representations of Australian animals. The prints measure 160 x 120 mm.
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ZA 088 The Broadtailed Lizard. [Southern Leaf-tailed Gekko ]. This plate 1791. It comes with a descriptive text in English and Latin (torn without loss of paper.) Uncoloured. Excellent condition. $A 100
ZA 086 The Porcupine Anteater. [Echidna]. This plate 1792. Excellent condition. It comes with a descriptive text in English and Latin. $A 225